Definitions of catch:
- noun: the act of catching an object with the hands
Example: "Mays made the catch with his back to the plate"
- noun: a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth
Example: "He played catch with his son in the backyard"
- noun: a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window
- noun: a restraint that checks the motion of something
- noun: a hidden drawback
Example: "It sounds good but what's the catch?"
- noun: a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion)
- noun: anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching)
Example: "He shared his catch with the others"
- noun: a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect
- noun: the quantity that was caught
Example: "The catch was only 10 fish"
- noun: the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal)
- verb: suffer from the receipt of
Example: "She will catch hell for this behavior!"
- verb: perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily
Example: "Ears open to catch every sound"
- verb: hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers
- verb: perceive by hearing
Example: "I didn't catch your name"
- verb: get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly
Example: "Catch some sleep"
- verb: check oneself during an action
Example: "She managed to catch herself before telling her boss what was on her mind"
- verb: start burning
- verb: delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned
- verb: be struck or affected by
Example: "Catch fire"
- verb: grasp with the mind or develop an undersatnding of
Example: "Did you catch that allusion?"
- verb: discover or come upon accidentally, suddenly, or unexpectedly; catch somebody doing something or in a certain state
- verb: become aware of
- verb: contract
Example: "Did you catch a cold?"
- verb: be the catcher
Example: "Who is catching?"
- verb: cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled
- verb: spread or be communicated
Example: "The fashion did not catch"
- verb: take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of
Example: "Catch the ball!"
- verb: take in and retain
Example: "We have a big barrel to catch the rainwater"
- verb: attract and fix
Example: "Catch the attention of the waiter"
- verb: apprehend and reproduce accurately
- verb: reach in time
Example: "I have to catch a train at 7 o'clock"
- verb: detect a blunder or misstep
- verb: catch up with and possibly overtake
- verb: succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase
Example: "Did you catch the thief?"
- verb: to hook or entangle
- verb: reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot
- verb: capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping
- verb: see or watch
Example: "Catch a show on Broadway"
- verb: attract; cause to be enamored
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